Prior to Covid-19 many of our lives were very different but let’s not dwell, and instead use this time wisely. How? ….you ask. Here are some isolation tips from me to you.
1. Get Out of Bed & Get Dressed
I know how hard it is to get up early when you have nothing to get up for, but you have to make the effort. Messing up your sleep schedule will just affect the rest of our day. It causes you to eat more, become more moody and ultimately diminishes productivity. My trick to waking up early is to only close the thin white blinds at night but leave the black-out blind or thick curtains open as to allow the morning light to beam through – I rarely need my alarm anymore.
2. Eat Breakfast & Stick to Meal Times
Many hate the thought of eating breakfast. I love it! I wake up fairly early every morning and have a bowl of tropical fruit granola with a scoop of low-fat greek yogurt, showered in skimmed milk. If you hope to have a productive day, breakfast is a sure way to get it started.
Don’t forget to space your meals out throughout the day and spend the necessary time preparing healthy meals full of veggies. Stick to lean meats and don’t go oil crazy. I use an olive oil spread in place of oil.
3. Exercise Daily & Mix It Up
Whether you enjoy running, cycling, yoga, bag work (boxing), home workout videos or just walking up and down the stairs. Every little helps! Stay active! In the last year I have fallen in love with fitness and more recently I have become fairly obsessed with it. For me, the key is variety. Don’t do the same workout everyday, in case you get bored and demotivated. Doing a little exercise daily will greatly benefit your mind, body and soul.
4. Drink Lots of Water
Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Try to drink around 3 litres of water per day, even more if you take part in physical activity. I know some people hate drinking water, so here are a couple of ideas to jazz it up. Add some lemon slices, cucumber chunks, or any berry option (frozen is best) – this will add a touch of flavour.
5. Limit TV Time & Find a Hobby
We all love watching Netflix and lord knows what else but having a TV limit will force you to do something else. Read a book or a blog, like mine haha. Finally do some of those home renovations that have been on your mind for months or years. Learn a new skill, language or cooking style. Find a hobby that makes you happy but keeps you away from the TV. I love to read so I am finally getting through my mini library. Of course I have this blog which takes up some time also. I also take some free courses on the Open University website.
6. Video Chats
To prevent severe loneliness (for those isolated alone), call friends and family for a chat. Make use of Skype, Zoom, FaceTime etc and “hang out” with others. If you are not alone, but know someone who is, make the effort and call them, it will make their day.
7. Self Care
Wash your face thoroughly every day with soap and water. Use a decent skin cream to moisturise. If you are up for it, try a gentle face scrub or a face mask. I love my face masks!
Don’t neglect yourself because when times have returned to somewhat normal, you won’t be feeling your best and who wants that?!
Working from Home
For those of us who continue to work but from home, you will be spending a lot of time staring at your computer screen. If you have access to anti-glare glasses, wear them to prevent headaches. Find a place in your home that allows sunlight to enter or work from your garden if thats an option. If you don’t already know, I am an online teacher so I can spend anywhere between 2-8 hours per day on the computer. Quite recently, as my screen time has increased, I am feeling more fatigued so midday I rest my eyes for an hour by lying in a dark room and switching off my brain. Sometimes it becomes a nap, other times I just put on some Reggae and relax. It works!!
You may want to consider standing for a couple hours of your work day, for those who are working online. I have just created a standing desk space and it is proving quite useful. I have a pretty wall hanging to look at too.
Stay Home! Save Lives!
It’s hard to stay home everyday for weeks/months on end, but we all have to do it. Every time one of us goes outside for something other than an emergency, to buy essential supplies or exercise, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but others around you. Consider who you are hurting the next time you meet your friends in the park or stop to chat to someone on the street. Think about the key workers out there risking their lives to make our lives more comfortable. Do you want their life in your hands?!
Avoid sleeping in, out of boredom – ‘The early bird catches the worm‘. Don’t just eat for eating sake – stick to your daily meals and remember your veggies. Couch potatoes are never sexy – walk away from the TV!
I hope this mini blog has offered some insight in to surviving lockdown. Feel free to pass on these tips to those around you. The more people we help, the better off we will be.